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Silence Heard Loud

Documentary 1h 11m 2022

World Premiere

This film offers Closed Captioning with English subtitles. You can select this option by clicking the ‘CC’ button in the bottom right of the player to turn on captions

In Silence Heard Loud we meet seven individuals from six countries who journeyed to the UK in search of safety—fleeing from war, terrorism, ethnic hatred, persecution, and domestic violence. But the issues now facing Angela, Janahan, Merwa, Michael, Mohamed, Nirmala, and Selamawit are complex: endless asylum procedures with no permission to work, uncertainty about their futures, and the loneliness of longing for family and home. After many years of integrating into their new local communities and rebuilding their lives, their futures are still under threat. At any moment, the UK Home Office could force them to leave their lives and the relationships they have forged. This artfully crafted film is a reminder of the struggles facing members of our community, and the continued fight for refugees to find freedom and dignity as they navigate the British asylum system.

Silence Heard Loud is authentic, personal and humanising - providing insight into the lives of the people it features, showing their everyday activities alongside their difficulties, and the human impact of immigration detention, racism, and exclusion.”
—Emilie McDonnell, Advocacy Coordinator, Human Rights Watch

“I was always hoping for a world where everyone is a citizen of the world and appreciated for what they do and who they are…. [Yet] wherever I go they’re like: ‘This isn’t your home, you’re not our colour, you’re not our nationality, you’re not our culture.’” - Merwa Zen, film participant, Silence Heard Loud

Silence Heard Loud is in English, Ibo, Amharic, Geez and Arabic and fully subtitled in English.

Watch the film at your own pace any time between March 17-25, or join us for a shared viewing experience:
Thursday, March 17
6:30 PM – Start film
7:45 PM – Join us for a live Q&A with Filmmaker Anna Konik, Film Participant Michael Darko, and CEO of Refugee Council Enver Solomon. Moderated by Yasmine Ahmed, HRW’s Executive Director of UK Division. - Register here

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Anna Konik


English, Arabic



Bonus Content

'Silence Heard Loud' Q&A

Discussion with Filmmaker Anna Konik, Film Participant, Activist and Mentor Michael Darko, and Enver Solomon, CEO, Refugee Council. Moderated by Yasmine Ahmed, Executive Director, UK, Human Rights Watch